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How Will The iPad Fare In Healthcare?

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBaseThe first iPad reviews are out, and they’re very positive. Here’s a selection of the reviews (compiled by MacRumors):

And here’s a roundup of recent medical blogs commentary on the iPad:

iMedical Apps has a nice review of how 5 medical apps might appear on the iPad, including the Blausten Human Atlas, Visual Dx Mobile, Procedures Consult, OsiriX and eFilm, and Papers.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog features a review of Carter’s Encyclopedia of Health and Medicine, an app designed specifically for the iPad. (This is not an eBook, but a full app with searchable interactive skeletons, etc.)

CareCloud, a new cloud-based EHR, plans to have an iPad version. Epic already has an iPhone app and presumably will have an iPad version available. Allscripts is rumored to have an upcoming EHR for the iPad. (No word on whether other EHRs plan on having an iPad app. If you have any information, please post a comment.)

According to Macworld, 1 in 5 doctors plan to buy an iPad. The Practice Fusion Blog has a discussion of other iPad-related surveys of doctors and healthcare professionals.

Healthcare Technology Online has a discussion of the pros of cons of the iPad in healthcare.

Finally, on Satish Misra attempts to temper the enthusiasms surrounding the iPad. On a post on titled “Why healthcare may not embrace the iPad,” Misra notes that the iPad lacks some features identified as “must-have” in a survey of physicians, including fingerprint access, an RFID reader, camera, and a barcode scanner. However, he noted that many physicians are enthusiastic about the iPad, and according to an Epocrates survey, 20% plan to buy one within 1 year and at least 40% are interested.

I’ll have more information about the iPad next week, after I’ve had a chance to actually test it myself. Stay tuned.

Dr. Schwimmer practices Nephrology in New York City and also blogs at Info-Stream.

This post, How Will The iPad Fare In Healthcare?, was originally published on by Joshua Schwimmer, M.D..

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